What are college entrance exams?
College entrance exams are an important part of the college admissions process. These standardized tests help schools evaluate applicants from a variety of educational backgrounds. It also tests the student on their academic skills such as reading, writing, and math. Some colleges do require test scores for college admission, but more and more colleges are opting not to require test scores to be admitted. Check with your intended college for their admissions and testing requirements.
ACT - American College Test - The ACT has four sections of multiple-choice questions (English, Math, Reading, and Science) plus an optional Writing section. The exam itself is 2 hours and 55 minutes or 3 hours 35 minutes with the Writing section. Each section is scored on a 1-36 scale. Your composite score is an average of the four sections with the highest score being 36. The highest score possible in the writing section is 12. The optional writing section does not impact the composite score.
SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test - The SAT is a standardized test that aims to measure students' knowledge of math, reading, and writing, as well as their college readiness. There are two main sections of the SAT. You will earn a score from 200-800 for each section and your total score will be from 400 to 1600. It is based on two sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math.
TSIA2 - The Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA or TSIA2) is the state-mandated placement test (Texas Education Code §51.3062) that Texas public institutions must use to determine a student's readiness for college-level courses.